Daily Archives: May 16, 2011

Barclay’s English Premier League: Arsenal empty handed again!

On March 2nd, I posted the article “Arsenal, empty handed again?”. Today we all know that Arsenal will end the season definitely with empty hands, again. The chase is now going on for 5 years and looking at the reports from the past weeks regarding Arsene Wenger’s plans for the new season, it will be most likely another season without anything.

One could be mean and say, “well, if the don’t make it into the Champions League and play in the Europa League, there is a good chance for silverware”. Well, indeed, that might be the only real chance to win something, avoiding all the big guns and play a few levels down. However, not even that seems to be a guarantee for a “pot”. Remember, Liverpool, Spurs and a few others looking much better than Arsenal are playing there.

What’s the problem? You look at the current roster and it becomes very clear why Arsenal is not going to win anything. As soon as you take the two major carrier’s off the field, there is not much left. I am talking about van Persie and Ces Fabregas. Both had their breaks this season, and Arsenal didn’t make it above average. And to be honest, some parts of the team are not even that. Average, that is. Look at the goalie situation: Almunia and Szczesny? With all the goodwill in the world, that’s not enough. They might as well give Jens Lehmann a contract for the next season. One game, one win. And there were not many of those, win’s, over the past weeks. At least it would give that position some appearence and voice. The same counts for the 4 in front of the goalie. They are all great players, no doubt, but none of the opponents goes on the field and is afraid to experience some “uncomfortable” afternoon. You look around in Europe, every top class team has someone that can “mix some concrete” when needed, even Barca. Arsenal is fine in midfield, if Fabregas is fit, but upfront there is a problem again. Van Persie is top class and there is Arshavin and Walcott. They cause a lot of trouble, but if it doesn’t result in a goal, Arsenal has to ask a guy like Bendtner for help. Please!

Arsene Wenger was given the chance to spend money for the next season. It is incredible to hear that he doesn’t need to spend the money and get some “crackers” to the Emirates. With the millions offered to shop, he should have walked to Schalke in Germany and get Manuel Neuer. There would be enough money to get a defender and a striker on top of Neuer.

If Wenger doesn’t take any action on the transfer market, Arsenal’s future will not be very rosy. They will keep sitting there with their empty hands and watch others celebrating.

IMF Boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn in trouble

The case of IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) has created some major waves in the U.S. as well as across the Atlantic. Strauss-Kahn is accused of sexual assault and other serious charges.

What happened? A housekeeping employee claims she went in to DSK’s suite to clean, when DSK came naked out of the bathroom and chased her down the hallway. She ran away, but DSK was able to pull her into a bedroom where he attacked her. She got away, but DSK could then pull her into a bathroom where he forced himself on her. While attempting to remove her underwear, the woman was able to finally get away. She ran to the front desk and informed hotel staff which in turn called police. In the meantime, DSK left the hotel and went to the Airport. On his departure from the hotel DSK forgot his cell phone in the hotel. It was reported by eye-witnesses, that DSK was in huge hurry and seemed stressed when he was leaving with the hotels shuttle service.

Police arrived around 1:30pm at the hotel. At some point, DSK called the hotel and inquiring about his cell phone stating that he is at JFK Airport about to board a plane.

DSK was taken of the plane at 4:40pm by Port Authority Officials and was cooperative.

This is what it is reported so far. DSK denied the charges via his attorney, other than that, there is no statement from DSK.

The case is now open for speculation until more details emerge. Looking at what is reported, this could go anywhere. While DSK made an name for himself as a man with a weakness for women (according to himself), this case is far from clear. There is not much evidence that can be determined as criminal fact at this point.

In the French press, speculations are even going into the direction of conspiracy. There are quite a few people that would have an advantage of this case. DSK’s biggest problem is the perception of his former affair’s relating to the NYC case. While the case is developing, another case against DSK was brought up from 2002 that has never been reported.

DSK was scheduled to meet Germany’s Angela Merkel on Sunday afternoon in Berlin. The Germans are far away from calling DSK guilty and were stating there is nothing to comment on until more facts and evidence becomes available.

For now, this has created unrest in the financial markets and politics. How far this will have an impact on the debt negotiations in Europe is unclear. The IMF stated they are fully operational and there will be no major interruptions.